I take for granted the fact that I am able to turn on the faucet and take a shower with clean water.
I take for granted that I’m able to fill up my water bottle as many times as I want to throughout the day and have good, clean drinking water.
I take for granted having a toilet that I can flush.
I take for granted having recreational swimming pools in our country.
Here is a screenshot that I took from Charity Water’s website, this is such an amazing organization with people leading it who have a heart for the Lord.
Not everyone in the world has the same access to water as we do in America. In fact, when I look at how much we waste water, it breaks my heart. I think so many times we see statistics and think, “oh, it’s just a number…”
It’s a real human life. A human life that God created and loves because he made him or her in His own image.
It’s OUR job as Christ followers to meet the needs of the poor. God has really been working on my heart, or maybe it’s that I’m finally listening, and He’s been working all along…
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.
This was the passage that we focused on during the Hillsong Conference this summer, and I know that’s not a coincidence.
My heart is continuing to break for the world, but in the most wonderful way. We must be the difference. It’s more than donating to an organization…it’s a true change of heart. Actions speak so much louder than words. We talked about this quote in my life group the other day, and it has been on my mind since:
“Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words” – St. Francis of Assisi
Yes, we preach the gospel with words, but living it out is key.
This is as much for me as it is anyone reading this.